Sometimes my thoughts are just not coherent enough to form one solid post. TBH they are often all. over. the. place! This is definitely shown in the numerous to-do lists I’m always compiling and re-compiling. I think when I have several projects going (teaching, taking a teacher class, business, actual work, etc) it can be hard to focus on one thing at a time. So in the spirit of my scattered brain, I just wanted to talk about five random thoughts of mine recently.
During college, reading sort of lost its appeal when I was forced to read textbooks. (I about get traumatic flashbacks just thinking about that organic chemistry book!!) But when I was younger, I always had a book in my hand. I looked forward to being in the summer reading program every summer for as long as I can remember. Now that I am no longer forced to read textbooks, I’ve finally started getting into the groove of reading again. Often times I waste so much time on social media on my cell phone when I could be reading. Recently I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort to take that time to read instead. I downloaded the Kindle app on my phone so I always have a book on me. So far I’ve read 2 books this month! My genre has definitely been in the “self-help” realm. (Let’s be real, I can use all the help I can get!) I just finished 10% Happier by Dan Harris and Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown just prior.
What other books do you recommend? I’m compiling a reading list!
I used to be one of those people on the Arctic Zero and Halo Top bandwagon. I mean, you could eat the entire container for x amount of calories. But since incorporating Intuitive Eating in my practice and own life, I’d much rather eat my favorite ice cream. Can you say Talenti Caramel Cookie Crunch Gelato? Yup, my mouth is watering.
While I can understand why people may opt to eat the lower-calorie versions, I just prefer to have the one that is most satisfying to me. For me, that’s not Arctic Zero or Halo Top. I also tend to think that these options promote binge eating which is something I tend to try to get away from with my clients. (But more on that a different time. 🙂 )
I swear I’ve tried every face product under the sun. While in grad school, I finally went to a dermatologist. I was prescribed Spironolactone for my hormonal acne (which shows up right around my mouth). I was on it for a couple of years, but recently I decided I wanted to see what would happen if I went off of it. (Note-I don’t recommend going off medications without advising with your physician first). Prior to going off of the medication, I had started using more natural beauty products. My skin looked the best it had looked in my 26 years! So I wanted to experiment and see if my new routine would stand on its own. So far I’ve had a couple of flare ups around my mouth in the last couple of weeks, but nothing major. These are some of the products I have been using most recently (pictured). I like products from Cocokind and Franklin and Whitman’s (not pictured) in particular. This last year, I’ve stopped wearing as much makeup and switched to BareMinerals foundation as well. That has probably helped a lot too.
I’m DEFINITELY no skin expert. I’ll save that for the dermatologists of the world. But I like seeing what other people use in their routine. 🙂
Getting enough sleep has been a constant battle my entire life. I’m just not good at sleeping. (Unless you count my ridiculous nap habit). There was even a period of my life in the 3rd grade where I slept walk. (I’m sure my mom can tell you how fun that was to deal with). I’m naturally more of a night owl and so even on days where I’m going to work the next day at 7am, I have a tough time going to bed earlier. When I first started my new job as a Hy-Vee dietitian, I initially developed a bedtime routine…then life got busy. And here I am at square one. I love hearing of other blogger’s bedtime routines. It sounds like the perfect way to end the day. After how exhausted I have been the last couple of weeks, I think it’s perhaps time I prioritize sleep again.
I’ve been so distracted with working lately, that I haven’t had as much time with my friends as I’d like. Finally this last weekend, I went home for my friend, Tasha’s bridal shower and bachelorette party. It was a great reminder of how important it is to take a break from working and prioritize time with friends. I’m already looking forward to the wedding and a mini vacation to Colorado next month.
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! I will be teaching a Kids in the Kitchen class at Hy-Vee tomorrow, then relaxing and cooking the rest of the weekend.